On Friday, April 23, 2021, Gary Leach was arrested and charged in federal court in Boston with one count of cyberstalking and one count of extortion. The government alleges that beginning in October 2019 and continuing to the present, Leach obtained private video calls and photographs of a sexual nature from the victim through false promises of payment; surreptitiously recorded the victim during these calls; threatened to share the recordings with the victim’s family if she did not continue to send him content of a sexual nature over Instagram; and repeatedly harassed and extorted the victim for additional interactions of a sexually explicit and degrading nature. Leach used anonymous Instagram accounts to contact and harass the victim, including accounts featuring nicknames for the victim, several accounts with variations of the username “u.kno_who,” and accounts under the names “antonio.af.94,” “christhecool777,” and “johnnsy_bravo777.”
While communicating with the victim, Leach allegedly indicated to her that he engaged in similar conduct with other Instagram users, telling her in one message, “Sweetheart I have hundreds of vids and thousands of pictures meticulously categorized by name.” Leach told the victim that some of these women also did not know that they had been recorded.
If you believe you may be a victim of the allegations in this case, please send an email to LeachIGvictims@fbi.gov and provide your name and best contact information to have a member of the investigative staff contact you.
If you believe you may be a victim of cyberstalking or sextortion, please review the below resources. If you need to report an incident of cyberstalking or sextortion, please 1-800-CALL-FBI, or www.fbi.gov/tips
Information on court proceedings will be updated on this page as it becomes available to the public.
April 23, 2021 - Leach was arrested on charges brought by criminal complaint and will appear in federal court in the District of Massachusetts at a later date.